At only about seven weeks old, these guys already look ready to place for stud. I placed a fourth boy without checking his age; he certainly looks to have his junk in the locked and loaded position. All four of the boys carry the recessive 'p', so I should be able to restore my fawn line in a couple of generations. It's sweet irony that these are all from the 'Mystery Mousies' litter, completely unplanned and accidental. I am so grateful that these particular mousies survived the horror of earlier this week.
I may have confused these pix a bit; I am still feeling very off balance in the mousery and having moments of disorientation where I just kind of stand and grind my gears. It's getting better every day. I've paired every mousie that I can remotely think will give me something I'd like or something that will help restore what has been lost, so come January 1, I should, I hope, have babies all over the place.
These guys' dam was a satin fawn. and you know, none of my fawns are A^y, they are all A^vy or ee, or both. I don;'t like the idea of breeding lethal yellow. I had been moving towards using recessive yellow exclusively, but I really do like to see a great big fat orange satin mousie now and then. I miss them.
I know these boys are not up to show standards, but they suit me just fine!
They'll be bred to marked black does that are tris but don't show cause of the full color C, then breeding those to get fawn and red/yellow meeces. I plan on breeding with abandon to raise the odds of getting what I want; no question about me having the room for it now.